MYRTLEFORD is sweating on the clearance of English import Lewis Holloway ahead of tomorrow’s cup semi rematch against Boomers at Savoy Park.
The English FA this week cleared Holloway, who sat out the Savoy’s 1-0 loss to Wodonga Diamonds last week.
Myrtleford coach Nathan Mirt was hoping for a clearance for Holloway and ruing an injury to another on his senior list.
After two years on the sidelines with a knee injury, X-rays confirmed Adam Vescio had broken his arm in two places against Diamonds.
But fears the Savoy had also lost Nathan Gasperoni were cleared earlier this week.
“We came away from last week with some positives and also some things to work on,” Mirt said.
“We were particularly ordinary from set pieces — any time you have 10 corners and fail to convert should be a concern.
“But to be honest we didn’t know what to expect last week — the two English boys arriving in the week before the first game and a disrupted pre-season meant we were a little underdone.
“Hopefully we get the clearance for Lewis, we have the all clear from the English FA, it is just whether the paperwork can go through at this end.”
Boomers coach Andrew Grove said he didn’t know what to expect.
“We don’t know a real lot about Myrtleford, so we will just work on our own game — the areas where we were poor last week,” he said.
“But, as we learned last year, early points are massive.
“In recent seasons the top teams have only lost a couple of points through the year so you really can’t afford to lose touch with them.
“Wins are great but even a point from a draw can be vital come cup time.”
Grove will take the same squad that beat Hotspurs 1-0 at Aloysius Park last Sunday to the Ovens Valley tomorrow.
But he is also hoping to get the club’s best and fairest last year, Melkie Woldemichael, back on the park after a back injury-plagued pre-season.
“The last time we went up there was the cup semi-final last year,” he said.
“It plays a small part in your thinking but they are a very different side and I’d expect will have a different game plan.
“But I’d much prefer to be travelling up there early in the season than the middle of winter.”